EXCLUSIVE: ET on set with 'Magic Mike XXL': 'It's a Stripper Odyssey'
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This film image released by Warner Bros. shows, from left, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Channing Tatum, and Matt Bomer in a scene from "Magic Mike." Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer play fire men, cops and other exaggerated versions of hyper-masculine characters in the Steven Soderbergh film, and they say preparing for their parts and performing nearly nude for the dozens of female extras who populated the fake Club Xquisite gave the actors insight into women's grooming, undergarments and approach to carnal fantasy. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Claudette Barius)
This film image released by Warner Bros. shows, from left, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello in a scene from "Magic Mike." (AP Photo/Warner Bros.)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: (L-R) Actors Kevin Nash, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, writer/producer Reid Carolin, actors Channing Tatum, and Matthew McConaughey arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Magic Mike' during the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Actors Adam Rodriguez, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Matt Bomer, Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum arrive at the closing night gala premiere of 'Magic Mike' at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festiva held at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
From left, actors Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, and Matt Bomer, from the film "Magic Mike", pose for a portrait, June 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Joe Manganiello, at left, and Matt Bomer speak at Trevor Project's Annual Benefit , "Trevor Live," at the Hollywood Palladium, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in Los Angeles.Trevor Live is a benefit event for crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. (AP Photo/Katy Winn)
Actors Joe Manganiello, from left, Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum attend the premiere of "Magic Mike" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on Sunday, June 24, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
Actors Alex Pettyfer, Kevin Nash, Cody Horn, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez attend the premiere of "Magic Mike" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on Sunday June 24, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Actors Matthew McConaughey (L) and Joe Manganiello attend the after party for the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Magic Mike' during the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 03: (L-R) Actors Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello and Channing Tatum speak onstage during the 2012 MTV Movie Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 3, 2012 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Al Roker, Joe Manganiello, Ann Curry and Channing Tatum appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: (L-R) Actors Chris Hemsworth, Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello attend the IWC Flagship Boutique New York City Grand Opening at IWC Boutique on April 25, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for IWC)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 14: Actor Joe Manganiello and Actor Channing Tatum pose for a portrait at the press junket for their new film 'Magic Mike' at the Thompson Hotel on June 14, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Stopped by @KellyandMichael to talk #Foxcatcher and had a little #MagicMikeXXL reunion w/ my friend @michaelstrahan! http://t.co/b0CVodoCuj
Big thanks to all the #MagicMikeXXL contest winners! Hope you had a great time as extras in the movie. http://t.co/spwpqtAgQe
In Vegas...plotting the revolution. Heehee Who wants in? #magicmikelive http://t.co/JhM50G8IKB
What better way to start writing #MagicMike2 than with my old friend Dallas? #runatribe http://t.co/RalS3nQfro
On the set of #MagicMikeXXL with the stars of #LaBare Now on @netflix http://t.co/kOVZz9Ea17
"Follow it long enough, take all the steps and you’ll get what’s yours.” - #JoeManganiello #Evolution #deserveit http://t.co/Em2elvlF7P
Nothing can prepare you for what went down today... #MagicMikeXXL #BDR http://t.co/NxwliHtKvR
Here we go again... #MagicMikeXXL http://t.co/4lI0wZS8T4
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Channing Tatum and the boys are back for Magic Mike XXL, and while they've been eagerly sharing shots while making the film via Twitter and Instagram, ET's Nischelle Turner was granted exclusive access to the set for a look at what may be the most anticipated sequel of 2015.
"This is a road trip movie," said Channing, who also co-wrote and produced the film.
Channing joked, "It's an odyssey, we like to call it. It's like The Iliad. It's a stripper odyssey."
Fans have been salivating for a follow-up to the wildly popular film since the 2012 original, a surprise success that cost $7 million and made $167,000,000 at the worldwide box office.
The second installment picks up three years after Mike (Channing) said goodbye to the stripper life and finally got serious with Brooke (Cody Horn). Now the remaining Kings of Tampa are ready to follow suit -- but first they want Magic Mike back for a handful of blow-out performances.
And according to Channing, all that dance homework has paid off. He says Joe is the one to watch.
"It is terrifyingly unreal when he dances," Channing gushed. "My mouth is on the floor the whole time. He's going to blow people's minds in this movie."
While all the dancing looks like plenty fun, it's also a lot of hard work.
"We're all killing ourselves diet-wise," said Channing. "And that's not to be sexy on stage, that's just so you don't get fat. And it's misery. Misery loves company and we're all sort of looking at each other like, 'One more week, one more week, and then we can have carbs again.'"
Fans will remember Joe's character "Big Dick" Richie revealing exactly how he got that nickname in the original film, and for those wondering, Channing promised that the actors do all their own *ahem* stunts.
"There are no stand-ins," Channing said. "There's no stunt doubles, there's no body doubles. It's all 100 percent us."
There are at least 300 extras who can attest to that being true. The movie made a Facebook post last month offering the female citizens of Georgia "the opportunity to be a part of what [they] call The Magic Mike Experience." The posting was quick to advise, "Please do not apply if you are offended by nudity and acts of a sexual nature."
Watch the video for more from the set of Magic Mike XXL, including interviews with Adam Rodriguez and Matt Bomer.